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Monday, July 25, 2016

Y@ Speak: #DavidDukeLooksLike

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Deflated pink balloon David Duke, high on the fumes of Donald Trump's coronation at the Republican National Convention, is running for U.S. Senate (and nearly 4,000 people on Twitter said they'd vote for him). Also this week: New Orleans might host the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 and DeRay's bookbag is still in Baton Rouge.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Orleans wants to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:40 PM

New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.
  • New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.

New Orleans might host the 2017 NBA All-Star game following the league’s objections to LGBT discrimination laws in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the game was scheduled next February. Today the league announced it's pulling out.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 requires transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates, and it omits and limits LGBT protections from statewide anti-discrimination laws, including workplace discrimination. The law has been widely derided by touring performers, companies and events that canceled gigs or business in the state.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans," reads a statement from the NBA. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The NBA will announce its replacement city "the coming weeks." According to Yahoo Sports, New Orleans is on the top of that list. New Orleans hosted All-Star games in 2008 and 2014. The event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 19, with a week of events leading up to it — in New Orleans, this means an All-Star weekend in the middle of the last weeks of Carnival, with the game a little more than a week before Fat Tuesday.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Y@ Speak: #BatonRouge, "I got you"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Following Alton Sterling's death, protests against police brutality and Sterling's funeral, more tragedy in Baton Rouge. Also this week: Skip Holden and Pokemon fever.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Y@ Speak: #AltonSterling and #BatonRouge

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Twitter allows us nearly minute-by-minute live accounts of anything happening at any time, including the overwhelming, war-like response to protests and marches in the wake of Alton Sterling's death by Baton Rogue police officers last week. Reports from the weekend's protests have used words like "standoff" to describe what was more like a one-sided riot response — where there was no riot. This week's edition follows last week's vigils, rallies and updates from Baton Rouge, all aired on Twitter by the hundreds of witnesses who were there.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Orleans' National Underwear Day parade is August 5

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Burlesque dancer Trixie Minx is queen of New Orleans' National Underwear Day Parade.
  • Burlesque dancer Trixie Minx is queen of New Orleans' National Underwear Day Parade.

In the new New Orleans, it seems people can't get enough parades or burlesque, and the two public displays are merging in a National Underwear Day parade, announced by organizers Ryan Ballard of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus and Xena Zeit-Geist, founder of the Society of Sin burlesque troupe. 

The parade is Friday, Aug. 5. There's a pre-party and gathering in Washington Square in Marigny at 6 p.m. The procession departs at 7 p.m. and travels to Castillo Blanco, the Chewbacchus den, where the group will hold its "Free Ball." Organizers have named royalty for the day. Chris Leonard, Executive Director of New Orleans Pride, is the King. Burlesque performer Trixie Minx is Queen. Admission to both events is free.

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Y@ Speak: #OpenForEssence

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Last week Twitter got together for some good old-fashioned online shaming during the 2016 Essence Festival. Also: #MrStealYourGrandma made it to New Orleans, we say goodbye to Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, and people camped outside a Raising Cane's.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Short-term rental groups push against "burdensome regulations" in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM

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Short-term rental groups are jumping into this summer's debate to dispel fears that short-term rental growth is pushing out New Orleans residents. And with nearly three-quarters of all short-term rentals in the area comprising entire homes, supporters are pushing the city to keep those types of rentals on the table as regulations are drawn up.

At a panel discussion at The Curtis House on Magazine Street June 28, members of HomeAway, the umbrella group for 40 sites including VRBO, argued short-term rentals' economic impact to the city, particularly in residential neighborhoods, with an average of more than three visitors per home spending an average of four nights per visit, along with students on long-term academic trips, people on business, or families on medical-related trips spending as much time as tourists on vacation.

Travel website Expedia bought HomeAway earlier this year — Philip Minardi, Expedia's Director of Policy Communications, said the company is hoping to integrate short-term rentals into its travel options the same way hotels or cabs are offered with flights. Matt Curtis, Senior Director of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy for HomeAway, said "burdensome regulations" — like those potentially proposed by the New Orleans City Planning Commission and New Orleans City Council in August — are likely to drive the industry underground.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Y@ Speak: "still in the hole"

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 6:20 PM

This week: Irvin Mayfield had a breakfast, Baby Cakes should win by default, and Buddy & The Brow is gearing to be  the best buddy cop flick of 1981. Also: Baton Rouge and England explode simultaneously and the heat is strong enough to bend time.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mayor Landrieu unveils five-year affordable housing plan

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM

CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual "State of the City" speeches chart the city's post-Hurricane Katrina gains and, more importantly, glimpse where his administration is headed to address its shortcomings. Crime, poverty and a crumbling infrastructure always are at the top of that list. In his 2016 address, delivered on the roof of the Broad Street Whole Foods on June 21, Landrieu unveiled two reports: a progress report on the criminal justice program NOLA for Life, and — amid contentious debates over the future of Airbnb, the increasing creep of property developers, gentrification fast tracks, rising rents and deplorable housing conditions, all wrapped in stagnant wages and dwindling jobs — Landrieu teased a five-year plan for more affordable housing in New Orleans.

According to the plan, the city will "build or preserve" 7,500 affordable housing units by 2021 — with 4,000 units available by 2018, followed by an additional 3,500 units.

"People are flocking here, but rising demand and job growth means that housing costs have risen by 50 percent since 2000," Landrieu said in a statement. "Now, due to a broader loss of income-affordable rental units along with low-wage jobs and inadequate public transit, many New Orleanians pay more than 50 percent of their income just on housing costs. That is unacceptable and unsustainable. ... We must ensure that working people do not get priced out of New Orleans — they are the backbone of our City."

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Y@ Speak: New Orleans Pride

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM

While Congress is busy putting its thoughts and prayers to work, New Orleans celebrates Pride. Also: the short-term rental debate: Chapter 8,000, and the state Legislature melts into a terrible candle.

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